BHOPAL: A day after demonetisation
on November 8, Nobel Laureate Kailash
had said that banning highvalue currency notes
would curb child trafficking. But two months later, the child
rights activist expressed his disappointment saying, "I'd
expected black money-driven human
would be crippled completely following
But no significant effort is being seen on ground."
"Demonetisation is a way, and not the end in itself for checking
trafficking," said Satyarthi, who has waged a war on child labour
and trafficking through his movement 'Bachpan Bachao Andolan'. He
lamented there was no comprehensive law in the country to fight
human trafficking. "The law should be victim- or
survivor-friendly with a proper redressal mechanism," he
Incidentally, on December 27, at an election rally in Dehradun,
had asserted that demonetisation "had destroyed, in one
stroke, terrorism, drug mafia, human trafficking and
Celebrating his 63rd birthday in his hometown Vidisha, Satyarthi
told TOI that the new Rs 2,000 notes are gradually being pushed
into human trafficking. He stressed government agencies to make
every effort to guard against this. "Black money, corruption and
trafficking is a vicious circle and the scourge needs to be dealt
with iron hand," said Satyarthi.
Satyarthi has demanded a crackdown on placement agencies that
have been providing domestic servants from Assam and West Bengal.
"It's time citizens came forward and refused services of
unscrupulous placement agencies," he said.